Earlier this month, Samsung revealed an amazing phone at the CES 2018. It’s the Galaxy A8. The mid-range device comes with several glossy features of the flagship S-series smartphones. But more importantly, it is tagged with an affordable price tag. But is it really worth of your money? Can it be a great alternative to the expensive Galaxy S8? In this Samsung Galaxy A8 review, you will find the detailed answers to all these questions.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Design
In terms of design, Galaxy A8 has some similarities to the Galaxy S8. Both of them features significantly less bezel around the display. However, being a cheap device, the rear of the Galaxy A8 doesn’t offer the premium feeling that you get from the S8. Nonetheless, it boasts an awesome design, which helps it to stand out of the other mid-range smartphones on the market. Thanks to the application of metal and glass. The frame is constructed with metal. On the other hand, the front and rear are made up of glass. This great combination makes the device look really awesome.
Samsung placed the fingerprint scanner poorly on the Galaxy S8. But this time, it hasn’t done the same thing. The scanner sits right below the primary camera, rather than alongside the lens. So, you can use it conveniently. However, Samsung has made an odd choice with the placement of the speaker, which sits on the right side, just above the power key.
Weighing 172g, the Galaxy A8 is 20g heavier than the Galaxy S8. However, you will not face any issue carrying it with your hand for a long time. It is really comfortable to grab. Thanks to the curved rear edges.
Unlike Apple, Samsung is continuing to apply the headphone jack in its smartphones. And it sits right beside the USB-C port on the Galaxy A8. So, you can connect your traditional headphones with the device without any issue.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Display
The Galaxy A8 comes with a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display. It boasts a high resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels, which translates to a decent pixel density of 441 ppi. But more importantly, it utilizes the Infinity Display technology of the Galaxy S8. So, you get the same unique view.
Practically, the 5.6-inch delivers a flawless performance. It makes all the scenes of the movies absolutely stunning. The colors look really vibrant. The text looks super-sharp. The screen is very responsive. So, playing games on it is a real pleasure.
You will have no problem reading texts in the display at the bright outdoors. Its sunlight legibility is outstanding. While working on this Galaxy A8 review, we performed the legibility test on the screen. And we are very happy with the result. The display of the Galaxy A8 delivered a great contrast ratio of 3.842, which is higher than the 3.153 ratio of the Oppo R11s.
Overall, the 5.6-inch display is the best in its class. You will not find a better smartphone screen at this price point.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Camera
The Galaxy A8 comes with a 16-MP rear shooter. Having a relatively larger lens aperture of f/1.7, it can bring in more light to the frame. As a result, it manages to deliver a great performance in the low light condition. The photos taken under dim lighting look much better than the ones taken with the other smartphone shooters in its class. Yes, sometimes, they do look really dark. But in most of the cases, they make everything perfectly visible. Shots taken in the bright outdoors look stunning. The colors look punchy. All the details are presented in a beautiful way. However, don’t expect the shooter to outperform the cameras on the Galaxy S8, as shown in the above image. But in terms of cheap price, the performance is surprisingly stunning. So, it’s really impossible not to be impressed by the rear shooter.
But surprisingly, the front camera manages to impress us even more. It comes with dual lenses (16-MP + 8-MP), which is a bit unusual for a mid-range selfie shooter. With the extra lens, it manages to exceed our expectations. While writing this Samsung Galaxy A8 review, we took selfies in different conditions. And we are stunned by the performance. The two lenses help the secondary camera to reduce the blur while taking a much wider shots.
The secondary camera supports the Live Focus technology. It allows you to create a blurred background effect in the captured image. You can use it to bring a heavy focus on the subject. The feature works perfectly in the bright outdoors. However, in the dim lighting environment, it performs very poorly. It fails to render the effect properly. So, you cannot focus on the subject effectively.
Nonetheless, we are very happy with the overall performance of both of the shooters. They have the ability to outperform almost all the mid-range phone cameras on the market.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Hardware and Performance
The Galaxy A8 has been packed with the Exynos 7885 octa-core processor and 4 GB RAM. These components are powerful enough to run all the apps with a great pace. While working on this Galaxy A8 review, we haven’t experienced any lagging issue while using the device extensively. All the apps are launched pretty quickly. There are no sudden hiccups.
In the Geekbench 4.1 (multi-core) test, the Galaxy A8 posted an impressive score of 4418 points, which is higher than 3678 points of the J7 Pro. However, it fails to outperform Oppo R11s, which sets a significantly higher score of 5907 points.
Galaxy A8 also has a Mali-G71 GPU. In the GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen) test, it delivers 9.9 fps, which is identical to the 9.1 fps of the GPU used in the 2017’s model. The benchmark result might not sound impressive to you. But practically, the device is able to run almost all the latest games comfortably, including Marvel: Contest of Champions.
Galaxy A8 comes with two internal storage options: 32 GB and 64 GB. You can extend the storage up 256 GB through the microSD card slot. So, you will not run out of space anytime soon.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Battery and Charging
Samsung’s smartphone lineup has a great reputation for having long lasting batteries. The 3,000 mAh battery of the Galaxy A8 has managed to take the reputation to an even higher level. In GSMArena’s endurance rating test, it survived 92 hours, which is outstanding. There is no mid-range smartphone battery on the market that can outperform it. Even the battery of the flagship Galaxy S8, which lasted 84 hours, fail to beat it. So, if you are desperately looking for a long-lasting mid-range phone, the Galaxy A8 is the most suitable choice for you.
The 3,000 mAh battery supports the fast charging technology. So, you can top it up by 40% within 30 minutes. However, it is not compatible with the wireless charging system.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: Software
The Galaxy A8 doesn’t feature the Android 8 Oreo. Samsung has decided to stick to the Android 7 Nougat for the stable performance. The operating system has been packed with all the bug fixes. So, you will get a clean experience. With the addition of the latest Samsung Experience, the operating system is able to provide a super-fast performance. But more importantly, you get all the software features that the Galaxy S8 offers, including Always-on technology and Android Smart Lock.
The user interface looks really beautiful. There are tons of themes to choose from. Thanks to the support for Samsung’s own Theme Store. You will be completely stunned by the way the themes intensifies the beauty of the stock interface.
As usual, Samsung has included the Game Launcher for the hardcore gamers. It allows you to organize all of your games in a single place. So, you will not have to navigate through hundreds of apps to find them. There are several cool features that help you to get indulged in gaming without being distracted. You can deactivate the notifications while playing your favorite games. You can also record your gameplay and post it on video on YouTube. Moreover, you can take funny screenshots and share them on social media. All these things make the Galaxy A8 incredibly fun to use.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Review: The Verdict
If you are a great admirer of Galaxy S8, but can’t afford to buy it, you should definitely consider the Galaxy A8. It has almost all the things of its flagship counterpart. It doesn’t have the curved display as the Galaxy S8. But it does have the 18:9 aspect ratio and skinny bezels. The screen looks gorgeous. The battery and camera performance is outstanding. However, the result of the gaming benchmark test is not that impressive. But still, it can run almost all the popular games with a great pace and a stunning graphics. All these things have made the Galaxy A8 one of the best mid-range phones Samsung has ever created. So, it’s definitely worth your hard earned money.